He doesn’t shake hands with me, as a woman, but he is polite, makes eye contact, apologizes for being late, cracks jokes and even flirts a little with my young producer. And while he dismisses his own nationality — “I’m not Belgian. I am Muslim” — and wants to see Western democracy replaced by the strictest form of Sharia law, the returned ISIS fighter is more than happy to accept welfare checks from the Belgian government. “We were raised like normal Catholic people, with their holidays,” he remembers. “On Sunday, we thank God, and that’s the way it is.” But after a rocky childhood that he says was marred by his mother’s alcoholism, his parents’ divorce and his own ADHD diagnosis, he began smoking weed, experimenting with harder drugs, and doing badly in school. “You’re searching for your identity, like everybody else in the world,” he says as he remembers his troubled teenage years. At about 16, he came across a book that he says changed his life. It was called “The Way of the Muslim.” He says Islam offered him the promise of purpose and structure, providing strict rules and moral clarity in a world where the prevailing liberalism favored shades of gray over black and white."Liberated" individuals, who are unconnected to others and free to choose any identity, are in fact rootless and half-alive. Nature abhors cultural vacuums as well, and the alien, anti-human beliefs of Islam are ready to replace the mush of "tolerance" and liberalism the ruling elite and its intellectual flacks have pushed onto the general population. We'd better wake up to what's happening all around us.
Friday, March 31, 2017
Here's an insightful and deeply frightening interview with a young Belgian man who converted to Islam. What's fascinating is how Michael Delefortrie's life story illustrates much of what's gone wrong with Western nations that are hell-bent on jettisoning their historic cultures and replacing them with a dismally uniform multiculturalism. As Delefortrie makes clear, the rot that's eating the West emanates from the decay of the family unit. What's left is a generation without a past, and therefore, with nothing to belong to, that is, to identify them. The libertarians may howl, but nature abhors a vacuum. Islam offers hard, certain answers to the questions all young people seek, and it's obvious Delefortrie has taken those answers to heart. From CNN:
Posted by Old Rebel at Friday, March 31, 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017
There was never a real debate about race and IQ. Most egalitarians simply resorted to cutting off any debate before it got started. The noisy, petulant response to Charles Murray at Middlebury College would've been laughable had it not been so totalitarian in its aim. So much for reasoned discourse on today's college campuses. But leftists can clamp their hands over their ears and sing "la-la-la" all they want; reality isn't going away. This article from Quillette summarizes what Murray and his co-author Herrnstein argued in The Bell Curve. As the authors point out, these theses are now mainstream:
Claim 1: There is a g factor of cognitive ability on which individuals differ. Claim 2: Intelligence is heritable. Claim 3: Intelligence predicts important real world outcomes. Claim 4a: There are race differences in intelligence, with East Asians scoring roughly 103 on IQ tests, Whites scoring 100, and Blacks scoring 85.Why is this important? Because they all fly in the face of the ruling ideology, which claims the right to use force at home and abroad to uphold equality and democracy. There's a lot of political and economic power riding on the preservation of that ruling ideology. Also, recognizing racial averages in IQ are NOT about oppressing anybody; they're all about learning to work with what we've got. As a society, we've squandered millions on domestic policies based on the assumption of basic equality, and we have nothing to show for it, other than a lot of disappointment and resentment. Since everyone is equal, persistent disparities MUST be based on a racist conspiracy, right? Should we continue to pour more millions into the bottomless pit of equality? Seems to me, if we're going to implement genuine educational reforms, those reforms MUST arise from fact, not fantasy.
Posted by Old Rebel at Thursday, March 30, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The people of Britain have reclaimed their right to self-government, popular sovereignty, and British identity. The globalist elite is still sulking, but Prime Minister May has made it clear her government intends to carry out the will of the people as expressed in the Brexit referendum:
Theresa May vowed to restore Britain's 'self-determination' as our historic EU divorce letter was finally delivered to Brussels today - including a stark warning that trying to punish the UK would be a 'costly mistake'. The Prime Minister delivered an upbeat vision of a country whose 'best days lie ahead' as she confirmed her envoy Sir Tim Barrow had handed the formal notification to European Council president Donald Tusk in Brussels. She insisted she wanted to forge a 'deep and special special partnership' with the Brussels club and appealed for 'constructive' engagement during the looming negotiations.The Globalist Experiment is dead.
Posted by Old Rebel at Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Looks like there are nasty, unexpected side effects to letting people from all over the world colonize a city. Paris is no exception - heck, it's quickly becoming the world's object lesson in multiculturalism:
French police said on Tuesday they opened an inquiry after a Chinese man was shot dead by police at his Paris home, triggering rioting in the French capital by members of the Chinese community and a sharp reaction from Beijing. The shooting on Sunday, which led China's foreign ministry to call in a French diplomat, brought about a 100 members of the French-Chinese community on to the streets in Paris's main Chinatown district on Monday night. Some protesters threw projectiles outside the district's police headquarters and a number of vehicles were torched in a confrontation with riot police. Media reports said a 56-year-old man of Chinese origin was shot dead at his home on Sunday night in front of his family after police were called to investigate an altercation with a neighbor.Is there a single place in the Western world where diversity is a strength, and not a festering problem? I don't know of one.
Enforcing long-established immigration law is suddenly a flashpoint for new conflicts, and Trump's vow to deny federal funds to cities that openly defy the law is heating things up. Battle lines are forming between Anglo America and Hispanic America:
Responding to the latest warnings by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Department of Justice funds will be withheld from sanctuary cities, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday he will fight efforts by the Trump administration to take away federal funding needed for law enforcement in Los Angeles. Garcetti said that such actions would be unconstitutional, adding that the city’s policies are “designed to keep our residents safe.” “Slashing funds for first-responders, for our port and airport, for counterterrorism, crime-fighting and community-building serves no one — not this city, not the federal government, not the American people,” he said. “We will fight to protect the safety and dignity of all Angelenos, and we will work closely with our representatives in Congress to make sure that Los Angeles does not go without federal resources that help protect millions of people every day.”The way this is shaping up, it's sure to add more impetus to the growing Calexit movement. California has already sided with the sanctuary cities, and is even considering making the entire state a sanctuary for illegal aliens. Funny how liberals, who think their ideology is universal, keep proving that demographics is destiny without realizing it.
Monday, March 27, 2017
The Evil Empire's Pentagram has struck again:
While Pentagon statements on them insisted everyone killed was an ISIS fighters, mounting evidence suggests US airstrikes against the city of Mosul have killed nearly 300 civilians, with attacks just last week burying over 150 people under the rubble of residential buildings in the city’s west.But don't worry - the Pentagram promises a FULL INVESTIGATION. Yeah. But after all, you have to break a few eggs to make a democratic omelet. Liberating the world is hard work, and mistakes will be made (notice the passive voice). Think we've learned any lessons from this? Check out this report:
Iraqi officials had previously predicted they’d have western Mosul fully “liberated” by the end of March. With just a few days left, the offensive remains largely stalled however, with the offensive moving at a snail’s pace. Hoping to speed things up, the US has announced another escalation, sending more combat troops into the city.I just hope no one ever tries to liberate me.
Posted by Old Rebel at Monday, March 27, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
“We've seen this rise of a kind of a right-wing movement here and throughout Europe. And this is only going to put wind in the sails of those who would say that this is an issue that needs to be looked at, that needs to be examined in terms of refugees.” - NBC News reporter Matt Bradley on today's terror attack in London that's claimed at least four people. Of course, Mr. Bradley is right -- all good, right-thinking people must ignore their lying eyes and believe in diversity.
Posted by Old Rebel at Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Earlier this month, the latest educational crusade to reduce the Black/White performance gap received some dismal news:
A new progress report for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools that shows no academic impact for its Project LIFT schools that are on a year-round calendar. Bruns Academy and Walter G. Byers received an F-grade. Druid Hills Academy and Thomasboro Academy received a D-grade. All of the schools scored well below 50-percent proficiency for End of Grade reading and math tests. Channel 9 reached out to incoming Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox to see if he has seen the report. Channel 9 is waiting to get a response.I mean, was it too much to expect a little something for a project that's already chugged down $55 million? Taxpayers finally have an answer, in an op-ed entitled "Project LIFT’s results are better than you think" from today's Charlotte Observer:
It is true that we have not documented that the district’s Continuous Learning Calendars have resulted in improvements. But limits on what we can do with data prevent us from knowing why that’s the case. While it’s possible that they are ineffective, it’s equally possible that our research did not capture changes that have occurred. It’s also possible that it’s too early to tell.Of course. The auditors can only do so much with the data, so they're not qualified to evaluate the program. Now THAT inspires confidence in the system! Besides, you can't disprove that there MIGHT be positive changes from Project Lift, so the only possible conclusion is that it's a success. Yay! And there's more:
After four years, our research shows that LIFT is starting to get real results. Teachers and principals are reporting healthier school climates, and attendance is up in middle and high schools. We see promising evidence of increased academic achievement across most grade bands, and middle grade students are showing particularly impressive results. Finally, West Charlotte’s high school graduation rate is nearing 90 percent – and has nearly caught up with the rest of the CMS district.Yeah, take that, sceptics! Who could argue that the "healthier school climates" reported by school employees aren't real? Not me. And then there's the higher graduation rate compared to prior years -- never mind that starting in 2010, Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools dropped the number of credits to graduate from 28 to 24. And pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!
Posted by Old Rebel at Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
This story is not only sad, but soooo revealing of the insane times we live in. From WBTV:
A Salisbury woman accused of conducting medical procedures using non-medical silicone is facing murder charges after police say a teen received injections at her home and later died. Salisbury police say 42-year-old Kavonceya Iman Cornelius, also known as Kenneth Rudolph Cornelius, gave 19-year-old Eugene Jones II silicone injections at her home on Union Heights Boulevard in Salisbury. Jones went back to Fayetteville where he later died from the procedure on Jan. 12, police say.So, a fake woman who is a fake doctor gave fake medical silicone to another fake woman. Now the oh-so-politically correct chorus will cry, "If only our society were more accepting of gender fluidity!" No, that's not a solution, that attitude is the PROBLEM. Your imagination cannot change your chromosomes. Believing otherwise, and DEMANDING that everyone else agrees with you, is what killed this young man.
Posted by Old Rebel at Monday, March 20, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
The last Turkish invasion of Europe struck down 50,000 souls, but Europe successfully fought for its independence and survival as a culture. Now it sounds like President Erdogan is calling for a rematch. But instead of the old-fashioned way with messy armies and wide-scale battles, Erdogan is whipping the flames of 4th Generation Warfare to conquer Europe from within:
Calling Turks the “future of Europe,” Turkey’s president on Friday implored his compatriots living on the Continent to have multiple children as an act of revenge against the West’s “injustices.” “Go live in better neighborhoods. Drive the best cars. Live in the best houses,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a rally on Friday in the city of Eskisehir, while campaigning for a referendum that would solidify his power. “Make not three, but five children. Because you are the future of Europe. That will be the best response to the injustices against you.”I bet the Dutch are wondering about a do-over of their recent election ...
“It is very clear. The policy of the admission to Mexico of persons of any country—Central Americans or of any other nationality—is defined by Mexico. That is the sovereign power of a country, and we are a sovereign country and we exercise our full sovereignty. Who decides who enters Mexico is Mexico and thus we will have to confront the problem.” - Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray I have no problem with the minister's policy on immigration. BUT I do have a problem with his hypocrisy.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Three cheers for the people of Tennessee!
The State of Tennessee sent an unprecedented message to the federal government on Monday: NO MORE REFUGEES. A lawsuit filed by Tennessee lawmakers claims that the federal government violated the 10th Amendment with its resettlement program. There goes that pesky Constitution. “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” – U.S. Constitution, Amendment X. But it gets better. Not only is the government not following the Constitution, they aren’t complying with the Refugee Resettlement act of 1980. The lawsuit urges that the Federal Government halt refugee resettlement until they’re willing to foot the bill themselves. Forcing individual states to incur the massive financial burden of refugee resettlement is unconstitutional. The fed forces states to participate, while saddling them with an insurmountable economic burden. Although TN is not the first state to sue the feds over refugees, the 10th Amendment basis is unique. Undoubtedly, this lawsuit will spur a flurry of states-rights debates, and perhaps similar suits.No where in the Constitution do the people of the sovereign States authorize DC to commit demographic suicide in the name of promoting globalism. So Tennessee has the law of the land on its side, if not the power to enforce it. Interesting how California and other states are doing their utmost to stop the enforcement of current immigration law, while Tennessee and others are suing to stop DC's brazen attempts to bypass it. How long can the US remain united with this escalating tug of war? Thanks to loyal reader Dutchy for the link!
Posted by Old Rebel at Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
It's easy to be one of those endlessly suffering martyrs the news media LOVES to interview. First, get all of your news and commentary from sources that specialize in stoking the egos of the perpetually offended, such as Huffington Post or the Southern Poverty Law Center. Then, watch the following video so you, too, can preen your politically correct tailfeathers. Takeaway quote: "Listen to what someone says, and then selflessly make it all about you by taking it personally, even if it has nothing to do with you."
Posted by Old Rebel at Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
Surprise! The San Francisco Chronicle disapproves of Calexit, the California secession movement. All the efforts to put secession on the ballot for voter consideration is futile, says David Carrillo, a lecturer at Berkeley:
All that will be for naught. Expect the courts to bar this measure from appearing on the ballot — or strike it down if approved by voters — because the initiative process cannot make fundamental changes in the nature of state government. Revising the state Constitution to become an independent nation is the definition of a fundamental change. And citizens can sue to prevent secession because it would deny their rights guaranteed as U.S. citizens.Right of self-determination? Never heard of it. And besides,
Even if these acts survived judicial review, they would have no legal effect. States have no power to secede: Neither the state nor federal constitutions permit leaving the Union, and the U.S. Supreme Court long ago rejected the idea that states can secede.Yes, in every independence movement, patriots had to ask permission from the government they wanted to secede from. You remember George Washington begging King George III to let the colonies form their own governments, don't you? You don't? You must be some sort of extremist!
Posted by Old Rebel at Monday, March 13, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Former Rutland Mayor Chris Louras, an Angela Merkel clone in left-of-center Vermont just got booted from his job for importing Syrian refugees into his small town:
Rutland Mayor Chris Louras, who endured months of withering criticism for his plan to bring Syrian refugees to the city, lost his reelection bid on Tuesday. In unofficial voting results, David Allaire, a city alderman and leading critic of the resettlement, trounced Louras, a 10-year mayoral incumbent, by a 776-vote margin, according to results cited by the Rutland Herald and WCAX-TV. "I'm simply wishing him luck and I'm moving on," Louras told Seven Days Tuesday night. He declined further comment, saying he would "not hazard a guess" as to what the election results say about Rutland's support for refugees.I'm sure the Deep State is watching and learning. Lesson learned? Don't let the rubes vote on the important issues.
Posted by Old Rebel at Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Sunday, March 5, 2017
"I believe that the world’s rulers will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience." Aldous Huxley
Posted by Old Rebel at Sunday, March 05, 2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Fourth Generation Warfare, or 4GW, isn't just for Third-World nations anymore. Thanks to our suicidal open borders policies, stateless, ongoing, and low-intensity war between ethnic, religious, and racial groups has arrived on our shores, and in our heartland. From Fox News:
On Sept. 13, the day before her 16th birthday, Mickens' brutally beaten body was found on a tree-lined street in Brentwood. A day later, the beaten body of her lifelong friend, Cuevas, was discovered in the wooded backyard of a nearby home. The teenagers had been inseparable and shared an interest in basketball. Their deaths were the result of a gang-related dispute at Brentwood High School. Officials believe their deaths were crimes of opportunity related to the ongoing gang disputes at the high school. The body of a third student, 18-year-old Jose Pena-Hernandez, was found on the grounds of the Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Brentwood in October. Two of the suspects have been linked to his death. Police also discovered the skeletal remains of 19-year-old Oscar Acosta and 15-year-old Miguel Garcia-Moran in a remote industrial area of the town. Acosta had been missing since May, and Garcia-Moran vanished in February.For those who've convinced themselves the only problem is a lack of anti-gang programs in the schools, consider this from a law enforcement officer:
"MS-13 functions like all immigrant organized crime group, they start by targeting their own community," Lou Gentile, a former officer at the Organized Crime Unit of the Pennsylvania State Police and founder of the investigative firm CSI, told Fox News Latino. "You're seeing a growing Hispanic population in the Carolinas and MS-13 preys on their own, they exploit their own." Gentile added that many police forces in these smaller communities throughout the Carolinas don't have capabilities or staff to deal with the incursion of gangs like MS-13. "They don't know what is coming in," he said. "Police have to rely on the other departments that have wider resources like sheriff's departments or state attorney generals' offices."Uncontrolled borders make it impossible to regulate who enters. And humans, being human, are going to stick to their own tribe. Anyone outside the tribe is either an enemy or a target.
This is what liberalism does to a nation, specifically, Sweden:
There is a strange moral code here in Rinkeby. You are much more exposed to crime if you are not a Muslim. These boys think they can take everything from a woman who is not wearing a hijab or at least covers her hair. Another, Besse, told me: we don’t go out on the streets here after dark. It is too dangerous. I have lived here for 25 years and it has gotten worse and worse. The situation now is so tense that it is impossible for me to go to, say, the supermarket to get some milk. Parwin, a Christian lady, blamed the mosques: it is because of all the things they are teaching in the mosque. They are Salafists there, just like Isis. They should close the mosque because that is where these kids have learned these bad things. But one thing they all agree on is that they do not go out. They do not go out because they are scared — Muslim, Christian, young and old alike.To me, the most infuriating part of this story is how both the Swedish authorities and their leftist enforcers have turned against native Swedes. Leftist ideology is not only anti-Western but anti-life. Leftists seek to raze the world so they can reconstruct it according to their oh-so-noble values. With a clear track record of failure and devastation, you'd think people would simply reject leftist demands. What will it take to wake them to what's happening?